Special Collections

The New Mexico Health Historical Collection documents the history of health in the state and the Southwest by collecting and preserving materials that include oral histories, organizational records, rare books, photographs, artifacts and a monograph collection.

Learn About Our Collections

The A-Z Alphabetical/Subject Guide to HSLIC Special Collections can help you orient yourself to the scope and breadth of our unique holdings. Search finding guides/inventories to our collections—as well as those at other regional archival repositories—from Rocky Mountain Online Archive. Review digital content from our collections at both the New Mexico Digital Collections and UNM/HSC Digital Repository.

Request Material

You may request materials from the New Mexico Health Historical Collection by contacting Special Collections staff. During regular operations, please allow up to 5 business days for staff to gather materials. For more information about access to Special Collections materials, visit our FAQ page.

Copying Material

Researchers may request photocopies or digital copies of material by contacting Jonathan Pringle, Scholarly Communications and Digital Librarian. Some materials cannot be copied due to the physical condition of the material or other restrictions. All copy requests are subject to the final approval of the New Mexico Health Historical Collection staff.

Digital reproductions of original photographs may be requested and purchased. Cameras, video equipment and sound recording equipment may be used in accordance with HSC policy and with special permission by appointment only. We encourage you to bring your own handheld scanner.

*Afternoon milk break at Valmora Industrial Sanatorium, PH 124, HSLIC Historical Collections, circa 1922.

The Oral History Program

The Oral History Program began in 1982 to record the work experiences of the most senior and longest-practicing medical doctors in New Mexico. The ongoing program contains approximately 160 accessible transcripts of doctors, nurses and other health care professionals. Visit our Oral History Collection Guide for more information.